Stop Sucking and Start Saving the World with Behavior Analysis: The Ethics of Sustainable Behavior Change

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This presentation was part of the 13th Annual Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in September of 2017.

About the presentation:

As behavior analysts, we are charged with helping others achieve behavior change. We are often called in when stakes are high and situations are escalated. As with any behavior change program, it is important to ensure strong treatment fidelity, meaning we need others to follow the plans we create. There are plenty of times when families, teachers, or other implementers feel frustrated, overwhelmed and unequipped to face certain challenges. As consultants, it can be equally as frustrating when we believe we have buy-in, but later learn that we do not.

This past fall, I developed a behavior change program for myself. I was confident I had the tools needed to achieve change. I decided to eliminate consumption of single-use plastic straws. Though motivated and equipped with the science of ABA, I found my behavior change program challenging. Despite being a behavior analyst myself, the degree of my behavior change fluctuated and did not always go in the desired direction. Needless to say, I learned (and I am still learning) a lot about behavior change, by attempting to change my own. In this presentation, I will share these valuable lessons with you.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a barrier to obtaining baseline during a self-management program
  • Describe how the PIC/NIC analysis relate to sustainable behavior change
  • Describe ethical considerations discussed in the presentation

About the presenter:

Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (also known as Behaviorbabe) obtained her bachelors degree in Elementary Education, her masters of science in Behavioral Education, and her doctorate in Behavior Analysis. Dr. Kelly has experience working as a paraprofessional, a licensed teacher, a school counselor, and a behavior analyst. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kelly has worked in-home settings, public and private schools, residential placements, and community settings for children and adolescents who have social-emotional, cognitive, or behavioral needs. Currently, Dr. Kelly serves as ABA Marketing Liaison for Relias Learning: Autism Solutions, as well as Director for the University of West Florida’s (UWF), Office of ABA, Hawaii cohort, which serves over 40 students from the islands of Kauai, Lanai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii combined. Dr. Kelly has been recognized for her dissemination and advocacy efforts. In 2012, she was awarded the “Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year” from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) and in 2015, she accepted the “Advocacy Group of the Year” award from Autism Speaks, on behalf of the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA). In 2017, Dr. Kelly became the first behavior analyst licensed in the state of Hawaii. Dr. Kelly has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently serving on the board for the Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC). Dr. Kelly’s dedication and commitment in improving access to educational and medical services has resulted in numerous invited speaking engagements throughout the world, including talks in Canada, Japan, London, and Africa. In addition to her expertise helping families and schools, Dr. Kelly’s interests in behavior analysis extend to dissemination, organizational management, public policy, and sustainable behavior change. To learn more about Dr. Kelly and her work, please visit